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PAUL MERTON'S IMPRO CHUMS REVIEWS
11 to 21 August, 2016
EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL
Pleasance Courtyard BOOK NOW
The Impro Chums are:
"They were quite marvellous
...an evening of extraordinary intellectual brilliance"
Paul Merton, one of the UK's best-loved performers, and his world renowned Impro Chums: Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster will create a new and unique comedy show, based entirely on suggestions from the audience, their own finely honed improvisational skills and an almost manic compulsion to show off.
"You could see this every night and never tire of it...they continue to be the finest exponents of the improv art"
***** Daily Mirror
"Merton's Chums are some of the most seasoned performers in this field and know just how to work the games, the suggestions and the audience for maximum effect...Pure hilarity"
******British Theatre Guide
"FEW CAN GO COMEDY COMMANDO AS WELL AS THIS BUNCH"
"Merton and his pals were wonderfully silly. We laughed so much our faces ached. Comedy shows can't get a better recommendation than that"
South Wales Argus
Paul Merton appears with
THE COMEDY STORE PLAYERS
Sundays at The Comedy Store London • BOOK
Comedy Store Players are:
Josie Lawrence • Paul Merton • Neil Mullarkey
Lee Simpson • Andy Smart • Richard Vranch.
"A bottomless supply of surreal sketches, dramatic vignettes and almost tuneful operettas ... a must for anyone with a pulse and a sense of humour!"
"The best ad-lib ensemble in the UK."
- London Evening Standard
"These are masters of their craft and there wasn't a dull moment. Terrific fun."
- Manchester Evening News
"The troupe more than lives up to its hallowed reputation...the livewire skill underpinning all that wanton spontaneity quite takes your breath away."
- Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph.
"Witty, silly, satirical, occasionally ludicrous, ultimately crowd-pleasing"
"What happens when a bunch of the world's most hilarious comedians come to town? Uproar, of course."
- Banglore Times
"Comedy Store Players: A supportive crowd wills on six brave performers who arrive with no script and not the faintest idea of what will happen. Through improvisation they create whole sketches and comic dramas that are amazingly inventive and sometimes take off into flights of surreal brilliance.
'Whose Line Is it Anyway' is a pale TV imitation."
- Daily Telegraph
Paul Merton is represented by
Mandy Ward Artist Management
Paul Merton's autobiography
Now out in paperback
'ONLY WHEN I LAUGH' • ORDER NOW
Paul recounts his journey from his working-class Fulham childhood to the present day.
'The book is fascinating' Ray Darcy RTE Radio|
'Thoughtful, understated memoir' The Guardian
'The book is witty and enjoyable' Robert Elms BBC Radio London
Whether writing about school days, his run-ins with the nuns and other pupils; his disastrous first confession; his meatpacking job; taking acid; leaving home to live in bedsit; his early brushes with the opposite sex - and not forgetting his repeated attempts to break into the world of comedy - Paul's writing is always funny, poignant and revealing.
And when his star finally ascends in the atmospherically drawn 1980s alternative cabaret scene there is a sense of excitement, energy, camaraderie, momentum and dramatic impending success.
And then crash... we experience the disorienting and terrifying sustained manic episode that he suffered which landed him in the Maudesley hospital. These, and other tougher moments, are written about candidly and with sensitivity and honesty.
An evocative and fascinating life story full of warmth, humour and a big bucket load of wit.
"Silent Comedy" a book by Paul Merton|
'An awestruck and knowledgeable introduction to Hollywood's earliest funsters ... lovingly researched, beautifully designed and gloriously illustrated' Telegraph
Buy "Silent Comedy" Paperback now from Amazon.co.uk
Paul Merton on Early British Comedy
In the first of a new series from the British Film Institute, comedian Paul Merton introduces an interactive guide to early film comedy in Britain. Join Paul as he takes you through a fascinating and sometimes bizarre world of 4-year-old boxing champions, human flies, pantomime-horse races and giant possessed fish, and explores the roots of today's distinctively British humour.